Fodor's Expert Review Newbury Guest House

261 Newbury St., Boston, Massachusetts, 02116, USA, Boston, Massachusetts 02116, USA See on Map

A homey feel and personalized service are at the soul of this elegant brownstone at the heart of Boston's most fashionable shopping street. The 1882 row house features natural pine flooring, blue Victorian furnishings in the lobby, and prints from the Museum of Fine Arts.

Photo: #newburyguesthouse #architecturalphotography / @robert_leger


Clean and welcoming, rooms at the Guest House have comfortable mattresses, plush bedding, 37" flat-screen TV's, and a refrigerator. All rooms have double or queen beds, except for the Luxury Bay Window Kings, which have a king-size bed. Some rooms have bay windows; others have decorative fireplaces.

Photo: #newburyguesthouse #architecturalphotography / @robert_leger


Bathrooms have plenty of toiletries and a hair dryer. In Standard rooms, there are small standing showers, while Deluxe rooms have bathtubs.


The lobby is exactly what you'd expect from a 19th century townhouse, complete with large windows overlooking Newbury Street and a welcoming fireplace. There's an array of comfortable couches and chairs, and a computer where you can print out your boarding pass.


Roost Bistro is the on-site restaurant, where all three meals are served. There is also an on-site bakery, Patisserie on Newbury.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Breakfast is complimentary for guests in Roost Bistro.


There is a small, 8-seat bar at Roost Bistro.


Getting Around

A location on Newbury Street means guests can get almost anywhere on foot. If you choose to use the MBTA, the Copley stop on the Green Line is just down the street.


There are tons of options for dining on Newbury Street and in the Back Bay area. Grab a meal on the patio at Cafeteria Boston (1-minute walk), or splurge on a steak at Abe & Louie's (3-minute walk) on Boylston Street.


There's plenty of bars on Boylston Street, which is parallel to Newbury. For a ritzy, see-and-be-seen vibe, head to Bar Boulud (2-minute walk) in the Mandarin Oriental, Boston. For a typical beer and burger type bar, try Whiskey's (2-minute walk).


The old-timey feel of a 19th century brownstone is quite enjoyable, and a Newbury Street location can't be beat. Also, the Guest House has a very small parking lot of its own which requires reservations, but at $20 per night, it's probably cheaper than any garage in the area.


32 rooms
Breakfast yes
Lunch yes
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe yes
Room Service no
Parking Lot


Phones: 617-670–6000;800-437–7668

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